NHL Blog Beat – May 9, 2012.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s long journey to post-season success, the decline of offense in the NHL playoffs, post-mortems for the Predators and Flyers,  and more.

 

Kovalchuk's had a long, difficult road to playoff success.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on Ilya Kovalchuk’s long, difficult, sometimes painful journey toward achieving NHL playoff success.

BACKHAND SHELF/HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Ryan Lambert and David Johnson offer up their views on why offense declines in the NHL post-season.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL/THE VIEW FROM 111: Scotty Wazz offers up a brief eulogy for the Nashville Predators, plus a look at whether the Predators were truly built for the playoffs this season.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY/PUCK DADDY: Travis Hughes offers up 16 reasons why this season was great for the Flyers (bowing out in the second round of the playoffs notwithstanding), while Sean Leahy wonders if Jaromir Jagr will return with the Flyers next season.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin offers up his views on several NHL topics, including the possible sale of the Coyotes, and Raffi Torres’ decision to appeal his 25-game suspension.

BLADES OF TEAL: A look at a San Jose Sharks team at the crossroads.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reports former Detroit Red Wings player Shawn Burr appears to be gaining the upper hand on the leukemia he’s been battling for over a year.